Where to work & live on the go?

Some recommended places from around the world.

Karin Christen
This Publication is Moved
8 min readDec 22, 2014


When traveling while working I rather stay in apartments than in hotels or hostels. Especially if I spend a couple of days or weeks at the same place. Because work is done much better if you have a big table to work on and a stable wifi.

How to choose an apartment?

Try to share the space with friends or co-workers with similar interests. If you sleep and work in the apartment, rather spend a little more per night.

  • Check the reviews and pictures
  • Ask for a proper Wifi connection
  • Look for a big table to work on
  • Try to have a separate room for everyone

Want to book an apartment for yourself? Claim your travel bonus here!
And here is my list of airbnb apartments I’ve booked in the last two years:


Vienna-style flat Casa Rembrandt — Centrally located apartment between the Danube Canal and the Augarten park. A Viennese-living-experience of the stylish kind. I spent four days in this authentic apartment to speak at DrupalCamp Vienna.


Full flat in the center of Lausanne — A nice apartment just two metro stations from the center. I spent a week there to attend UX Lausanne and got some work done co-working with my friends from :ratio.


Beach House at the Elbe — A really nice beach house right in front of the river “Elbe”. I spent a hack week with my partners at required+ in this charming beach house.


Luxus city apartment — A nice apartment in the central of Schwerin. There is a good coffee shop “Rösterei Fuchs” just around the corner. Our co-founder Stefan lives in Schwerin with his family and therefore can’t travel as much. My team tries to visit him once or twice a year.


Mitte und Prenzelauer Berg

LUXX, CUBA & LEGO — The apartments from Linnen are super nice. I always try to spend my stay there if possible. You can also book directly on their website.
For UX Camp Europe, I spent some days with my friend Rahel at the LUXX apartment and for a three week summer retreat I rented the CUBA for my team from the same hosts.

The LEGO Apartment can be rent as a meeting room only as well. There is an Apple TV for presentations and a Whiteboard to brainstorm with the team:


2 Room Apartment, Paul-lincke Ufer — If you like to stay in the awesome district of Kreuzberg, this apartment is a nice stay. A very spacious and designy place close to nice cafes. The Five Elefant, Fuchsbau or the KaffeeBar are just a short walk away. Also, if you like to work in the co-working space Betahaus, it’s within walking distance!
I spent some days in this apartment to co-work with a friend and I had an awesome time.


Superb apartment in historic center — A really nice small apartment in the middle of Amsterdam. Together with two of my partners at required+ we rented this cute apartment to co-work before heading to Leiden for WordCamp Europe 2013.


Luxury covent garden flat — This location is so central you don’t have to spend time to travel by the tube! My whole team went to Oxford for the Smashing Conference and afterwards we made a hack week in this very central apartment in London.

or this arty-split level top floor flat with an amazing view and double jacuzzi in the Shoreditch district. I’ve spent a week in this duplex with my team for WordCamp London.


Artisan Victorian Corner House — A victorian artisan house in a friendly safe neighbourhood built for Guinness Brewery workers way back in 1894! I’ve spent a week in this lovely house to attend the Web Summit.


Born apartment with terrace, elevator & sun — A really charming apartment in the middle of the “El Born” district. I’ve spent four days in this spacious apartment with my mom for a short “workation”.


Stadtvilla, cerca de playa — A modern Villa with a nice pool to refresh yourself during your breaks. In order to co-work and surf, we rented this beautiful house in Fuerteventura. We had a fantastic time surfing and co-working with our friends from humanmade.


Charming Andalusian House — A tipically andalucian house, in one of the most beautiful corner of the old town. In order to attend the WordCamp Europe, we rented this beautiful house with this awesome terrace.


Amazing rooftop flat & 2 terraces — A nice spacious apartment. Be prepared to travel 15 minutes by taxi to the city center, otherwise you’ll walk around 50 minutes (don’t spent more than 6 Leva for the taxi!). We rented this amazing apartment for our stay in Sofia during the WordCamp Europe 2014.

There is one right in the center, where my friend Noel Tock spent his stay- Beautiful, Designer & Central flat, go and grab the best coffee in town: Momento


Exclusive apartment — Really modern and nice apartment right in the center of Prague. I’ve been there with my friend Rahel for six days to co-work and sightseeing.

San Francisco

Luxury 2 bedroom flat near Dolores Park & Large 3 bedroom in Haight Ashbury — Two very well located apartments in San Francisco. Ritual Coffee is just around the corner! I’ve spent two weeks with my friend Rahel in the apartment next to Dolores Park, where I attended the HTML5 Developer Conference. Afterwards we moved to the bigger apartment at Ashbury Haight where we spent some co-working days with three friends of us. Everyone working for his own business.

If you are on Haight Street there is the coffee place “Coffee to the people” next to the apartment below or walk a bit down to Lower Haight to the awesome “Cafe International”.

Palo Alto

The amazing retreat — A cosy backyard retreat. I spent two months at this place doing my master thesis at ZURB. I became good friends with the host and his room-mate while staying with them.


Beachside studio with full kitchen — A small but very modern and clean beach studio at Waikiki. I’ve booked this lovely apartment for twelve days during my “surfworkaction” in Honolulu.

Buenos Aires

Amazing House in Palermo —An amazing house in the core of the Palermo district. There was plenty of room for everyone and Buenos Aires is just awesome! Find the best coffee in town just a short walk away at Nininas. I’ve booked this awesome house for two weeks during my work-travel trip to South America.

Sydney — Manly

Ultrachic executive beach apartment — A modern designer apartment with an amazing ocean view in the centre of Manly (a 30 min ferry ride from Sydney Harbour). Find good coffee at Silo Espresso just around the corner. I’ve booked this awesome apartment to work & surf in Australia.

Byron Bay

Byron Peace — A stylish 3 bedroom and two bathroom apartment located at the ‘quiet end of town,’ across the road from Byron Beaches and central enough for an easy walk to the lighthouse or into town. I’ve booked this stylish apartment to work & surf in Byron Bay.

Kirra Beach

Kirra Surf Apartments — Situated directly on Kirra Beach, these contemporary apartments offer a stylish base with spectacular ocean views and free private parking. There is a nice coffee place just a short walk. I’ve booked this apartment with this awesome view to work and surf around Coolangatta. With the ocean view I could check the swell at a glance and spent my time on working instead of driving around searching for a proper surf.

Note: When traveling in Australia be aware that you won’t find free wifi everywhere. Even in some apartments listed above you may pay for more than 200 mb a day. Make sure to have the wifi in your pocket with the Telstra prepaid plan (2GB for AUD $50).

I will update this list as soon as I have more to recommend. Stay tuned! Meanwhile, claim your airbnb travel credit here and read my other posts:



Karin Christen
This Publication is Moved

I didn’t find a path through life — I created one! I'm an Interaction Designer, Teacher & Managing Director at required.com